Tuesday, December 27, 2005

White Christmas

White Christmas
1954 -- Not Rated
Director: Michael Curtiz
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Aside from his "On The Road" films with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby is probably best known for his quintessential Christmas movies (Holiday Inn and The Bells of St. Marys being the others). Both White Christmas and Holiday Inn are sometimes hard to tell apart because there is so many similarities. Consider: both films star Bing Crosby, both carry Irving Berlin's name on the musical score, both films are set in New England at Christmas, both feature "White Christmas" as it's central song, both films involve two male dancing partners (Crosby/Astaire and Crosby/Kaye) and two female dancing partners (Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale in "Inn" and Clooney/Vera-Ellen in White Christmas, and it goes on. White Christmas doesn't pretend to be high art as film goes but it is a gem of a movie that succeeds in delivering innocent "warm fuzzies" in a day and time when there are too few "warm fuzzies" to go around.

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